A couple of weeks ago I went to see “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”.
I am a fan of dark comedies, Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson so I was immediately interested when I saw the preview of this film.
The film is excellent. The subject matter is rather sad, a woman is seeking justice after her daughter is rapped and murdered, but film manages to find humor in the sadness. Like with any dark comedy it isn’t for everyone. Although the film is primarily a dark comedy it does know when to be serious. The film also touches on issues of face, domestic violence, cancer and suicide which makes its ability to be funny without being insensitive even more impressive.
I also liked the open ending of the film. It, like life, leaves you wondering what happens next and it is also open for interpretation.
Frances McDormand is awesome as Mildred. She is tough and determined but she never lets you forget the loss and sadness that is underneath her mission.
Her role is similar to her performance “Olive Kitteridge” but not so much that it feels like she is playing the exact same character. Sam Rockwell manages to take a very unlikeable character and make him interesting, which is the mark of a good performance.
Woody Harrelson is wonderful in his supporting role. It is amazing to think how Harrelson has managed to have such a long and varied career when he started out playing such a fool on “Cheers”.
All three of these actors absolutely deserve the Oscar buzz they are getting, as does the movie. Lucas Hedges is also good as McDormand’s son. It is also nice to see Peter Dinklage in a role so different than Tyrion on “Game of Thornes”.
I highly recommend “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” for anybody who liked quality filmmaking with good directing, writing and acting. It is also worth seeing if you like dark comedies or any of the actors involved.
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Justin Gomez and his sister, Terri, have never been close. Separated by nine years and distant in adulthood, Justin and Terri have little in common, except for the love of her three children. In the days before they embark on a road trip to visit the father that once abandoned them and their now deceased mother, both Terri and Justin are dealing with unexpected changes in their lives. Justin surprisingly realizes he might want more than a series of one night stands after a first date goes unexpectedly well. After a lifetime of being a strong type A personality, Terri is forced to confront the reality of the end of her marriage. As they hit the road, with Terri’s children in tow, they find themselves forced to rely on and confide in each other following a devastating event. Confronted with memories from the past and challenges from the present, Terri and Justin must dig deep and unearth the truth about themselves and their parents in order to build a new family based on their love for each other.